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happening now, thousands demanding answers in the death of freddie gray. a man mysteriously injured during his arrest. this morning, a new theory on when and how gray suffered that fatal injury and new facts reveal about his ride to jail. we are live. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> and i'm john berman live in baltimore this morning.
it is friday may 1st. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east. christine christine, where i'm standing now is a reduced security presence. the national guard troopers behind me are not here this morning. perhaps it shows a greater sense of calm has fallen over this city. protesters overnight faced off with police briefly as the curfew wept into effect at 10:00 p.m. cnn cameras were there as one man was arrested. the crowds cleared and the traffic began to move. we will have more on the scene in baltimore in just a moment. first, some really important new revelations or claims in the death of freddie gray and how he may have suffered that fatal spinal injury while he was in police custody. baltimore police handed this
investigative files over to prosecutors on thursday. that was one day ahead of schedule. it caught people here in baltimore off guard. multiple law enforcement sources say the files contain new claims about how freddie gray died. among them gray was fatally injured in the police van and not earlier during the arrest. this is the video you are seeing now. law enforcement sources tell wjla that the medical examiner has determined that gray died from a broken neck sustained when his head slammed into the back of the police van and injury to gray's head matches a bolt on the back of the van. this is the key. what caused gray to hit the back of the van is still unknown. it is worth noting that the driver of the police van has yet to give a statement to investigators. an official in the medical examiner's office says their report could be delivered to prosecutors as soon as today,
but it could drift into early next week. another important new detail. police officials say they learned the van carrying freddie gray made an additional stop. one more stop we had been told. one more stop than anyone knew about. listen. >> the second stop has been revealed to us during the course of the investigation and was previously unknown to us. we discovered this stop based on our thorough and comprehensive and ongoing review of all cctv cameras and privately owned cameras. in fact this new stop was discovered from a privately owned camera. >> they discovered that stop, not because police told them about it or because they listened to radio traffic back and forth, but they got footage from a private security camera. what happened during the newly discovered stop is also currently under investigation.
those all new details and what so many people want answers did. as we had been reporting, a third straight night of relative calm here on the streets of baltimore. apart from a few tense moments when the curfew went into effect, one protester was swallowed up and arrested as he tried to deny the police officers. >> okay. >> police officials say since the unrest began monday nearly 100 officers have been injured. more than 200 people arrested and most of them have been released. for more on the protests and also the policing i want to bring in rene marsh. again, we are here this morning and we have a half hour left to go in the curfew. relative calm. >> it is. last night, an aside from the incident you showed there, it
was relatively calm. really what we want to point out is the calming voice throughout all of this is maryland representative elijah cummings. he was out there yet arm in arm singing "this little light of mine." he was the voice of calm. we know that as the curfew approach his objective was to essentially make sure that people disbursed at 10:00. he spoke to cnn shortly after he was done with the march and protesters last night. take a listen. >> we must allow the process to go forward and all i can assure them and others is we will stick with this case until the end. the fact is now we have a state's attorney who we are impressed with and proud of. we believe in her. we trust her. i want her to get the facts
right. she will apply the law and come to her own conclusions. that's her job. that's her job. i believe in her. >> and really that's what it is all about. everyone is waiting and watching for information. they all want information. we know this is not a cut and dry case. today is the deadline may 1st that so many people heard about and expecting some hard information from the police investigation. what happens is they don't get it? we know the police hand over the information to the state attorney's office yesterday. at this point, we don't have any indication they will give a play-by-play of what they learned to the public. >> i think everyone was expecting. rene you have an entire group of clergy officials, people who work with the community, to try to keep the tensions down. they are out there and they made a big difference. now, today, more protests
expected. a big mark expected. this curfew we are under will remain in place for a few more days. >> we will continue to see these protests. today alone just in baltimore, there will be about four. of course we will see protests across the country as well. this continues. the call for answers continues. i think the point they want to hammer home is this is not cut and dry. we know it is now in the hands of the 35-year-old state prosecutor here. she is very young. the youngest to be in this position in any major city. she comes from a family of police officers. her husband is a city council member here in baltimore. she really does have quite a bit of weight on her shoulders here. what she will do is look at the police investigation, but not relying solely on that she says to determine if charges can be filed. >> that is a crucial point. she will look at a wide range of many sources.
rene thank you so much. there were protests -- there are protests today expected in seattle and portland. also in oakland. last night in philadelphia, police and propertesters clashed when protesters tried to block the entrance of i-95. that is from above obviously. officers there pushing back from demonstrators. many chanted hands up. our poppy harlow was right in the middle of it. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. we are in philadelphia where there has been a huge march. it started with a protest at 4:30 this afternoon. congregated at city hall in downtown philadelphia. it turned into a march on the streets of philadelphia that so far has lasted about three hours. largely the protest has been peaceful. i want to emphasize that. the chief of police inspector here telling me these are people that need to have their voices
heard. they deserve to protest and exercise their first amendment right as long as they do so lawfully. he expects it to be a loud and lawful protest. it has been that in large part. there was a confrontation with police right at the entrance at i-95 where police lined up on their horses and bicycles. protesters were not allowed to go on the highway. there was a clash with police and protesters there for about 20 minutes. then it opened up and the protesters were allowed to continue walking on the streets. what i hear from people of really all ages white citizens black citizens of philadelphia saying they want answers in the case of freddie gray. for them it is larger than that. it is also about economic disparity and lack of opportunity for african-american youth. especially in this country. one young african-american attorney telling me she wants to see change within the system. more opportunity.
more room for economic growth for many people that she feels are not getting a fair shot. so, they are protesting to have their voices heard here on the streets of philadelphia. you see a lot of signs where they are aligning with baltimore in the name of the protest by the group that organized it is philadelphia is baltimore. i'll send it back to you. >> all right. thanks poppy. in cincinnati hundreds rallied in solidarity. police and rally organizers communicated ahead of time and escorted the protesters along maintaining order until marchers there disbursed. new york city mayor bill de blasio defending the new york city protesters in manhattan. the mayor dismissed claims that demonstrators were mistreated.
he urged protesters not to exaggerate what happened wednesday night which ended in 143 arrests. >> we do know certain individuals attacked police officers. unacceptable. we know certain individuals attacked property. unacceptable. we are working to get the balance right. >> all right. president obama has no plans to make an appearance here in baltimore. no plans at least for now. the white house says he is monitoring the situation closely. as in ferguson he wants the police to focus on the protesters and not him. the white house is also defending the president's use of the word thugs to describe the rioters here. >> the president was trying to draw a clear distinction between individuals who engaged in criminal acts like burning down
a cvs or throwing a cinder block at a police officer from the vast majority of people in the city of baltimore who found a constructive and appropriate way to publicly raise their concerns about the treatment of freddie gray by the baltimore police department. >> the president's spokesperson says a visit to baltimore could be added to the schedule if necessary and if possible. again, christine, the president said wherever he goes he needs to bring huge entourage of security and it would pull the police and law enforcement presence here in the city to him rather than to where they are needed right now which is out helping to maintain the calm. >> there is the optics of being supportive and being there and the real security concerns on the ground in taking too much attention away from what baltimore needs to do. josh earnest mentioned cvs. employees are still getting
paid. they are still being paid after the baltimore stores burned down. two locations sustained such heavy damage during the riots. they remain closed but cvs is paying the 45 workers paying them for the scheduled hours. no word on how long cvs will keep paying. the company could transfer all of the workers to nearby stores. some workers have started at other locations. both of those closed stores by the way, were among the few options residents had for medications and groceries. i'll tell you, city officials for a long time had been pushing to get those locations opened in the neighborhood to serve the neighborhood. those workers still being paid. our other big story. nepal. time running out to find survivors in the devastating earthquake. the death toll rises. we are there live next. ri ost my life. but that hasn't stopped me from modeling.
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the death toll keeps climbing in nepal. the official death toll topping 6,100 and rising. search teams struggling to reach remote villages. hope fading for anymore miracle rescues. the miracle rescues have been something. i want to bring in cnn's sumnima udas live from kathmandu. some of the tales of survival have been amazing. they are not the rule. they the exception, aren't they? >> reporter: they certainly are, but it is reigniting hope of more survivors. one the rescue workers we have been talking to they found
survivors nine days after an earthquake. they are hopeful. the way it works is amazing. this particular building we were where they found the 24-year-old woman alive, the israelis have been digging for two days. they found four bodies. they knew two others missing. they pulled out the 24-year-old woman because the french arrived. they heard something on their devices and the norwegians arrived with the sniffer dogs and dogs reacted positively. that is when they started digging. the ordeal took eight hours. to see this joint effort three countries and nepalis were there, too. the joint effort of three countries, they are saying this is what makes it worthwhile. even if at that time, they did not know what they would find. the dedication to bring out someone alive. it makes this whole rescue mission worth it.
>> unbelievable. french technology. norwegian rescue dogs and people working feverishly for eight hours to free her. tell us a bit about what officials are saying about the death toll. 6,100 now. do they think that they are getting into the remote areas and they have a sense of just how vast the devastation is or are they still in early days of determining the extent of this? >> reporter: they still don't have a complete picture. they still don't know the number of missing. we went on a chopper with the army on the surveillance chopper from village to village to see if there were any survivors or see from the air what they could find. so many parts of the country in rural nepal where no one has gotten to. no aid. the army and government is simply overwhelmed. they say they are doing what they can as much as they can, but there is so much devastation.
the villages are so spread out high up in the mountains. the weather hasn't been helping. a lot of areas have been landslide by road and truck and the army and police have not been able to get to these parts. even now, you know the death toll keeps going up. they say they still don't have a complete picture of how bad this is. >> in kathmandu for us. another tale of survival, but grim prospects. thank you. u.s. navy war ships will accompany commercial vessels through the strait of hormuz. the iranian military ships could seize vessels as they did a cargo ship earlier this week. defense officials say they will escort u.s. vessels thought the entire gulf. sources telling cnn avoiding a confrontation is iran is high priority right now among the ongoing nuclear talks heading down to the wire.
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las vegas and chicago. las vegas won. >> christine, good morning. nfl draft is great because of the fans are optimistic about the teams' chances. the buccaneers kicked off the draft by selecting jameis winston with the top pick. despite the off-the-field issues with the sexual assault and crab leg incident. he was too good to pass up. winston did not attend the draft in chicago and watched it from home in alabama. as you can imagine, he was thrilled to be the number one pick. >> i'm blessed. i'm blessed with this whole opportunity. the chance to make something of myself and to be able to provide for my family. it is just the beginning. that's the great part of this. it is only the beginning. i thank god for everything that has happened. >> the big question mark of the draft is what was going to
happen at pick number two. the titans did not surprise anyone with a trade. roger goodell surprised everyone when he announced the pick. listen. >> the titans select marcus mariota. quarterback, oregon. >> so, mariota will be a tennessee tighttan. roger goodell was booed every time he did come out to announce a pick. in the nba playoffs bulls put a beatdown on the bucks. it was one of the biggest blowouts. bulls won by 54. 54! the bucks did not score more than 19 points in any quarter. the bulls will move on to face the cavs in the second round. the clippers were able to keep the season alive winning,
102-96. they play game seven on saturday which will add to what is shaping up to be the best sports days ever. the main event tomorrow is floyd mayweather versus manny pacquiao. we will have the weigh-in. usually these things are free to the public, but they sold tickets for $10 each. those are now going for $75 on stubhub, christine. what you can say? nhl playoffs nba playoffs kentucky derby and floyd mayweather and manny pacquiao. >> 54 points for the bulls? that's unbelievable. that is a beatdown. >> i have never seen anything like this. you are right. thanks. happy friday. you will have a very busy weekend. nice to see you. >> it's still thursday for me christine. >> new year's and christmas and the super bowl wrapped up in one day.
happening now. thousands of demonstrators demanding answers in freddie gray's death. just how did he sever his spine in police custody? a new theory this morning and new information about the investigation. we're bringing that to you live. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans in the studio in new york. >> and i'm john berman in baltimore this morning. 30 minutes past the hour.
great to see you this morning, christine. we are standing in front of baltimore city hall here. the security presence here in front of city hall is much less than we have seen in the last few days. not many national guard troops or state troopers here. it was a calmer night overnight. that is a guysis a good sign. the protesters did face off with police at 10:00 a.m. as the curfew went into effect. cnn captured one man being arrested in the crowd. the streets quickly cleared and the traffic began moving in the intersection. we will have more from baltimore in a moment. first, really important new information. new claims in the death of freddie gray. how he may have suffered the fatal spinal injury while he was in police custody. baltimore police handed their investigative files over to prosecutors on thursday one day
ahead of schedule. it did surprise a lot of people here. multiple sources say those files contain new claims about freddie gray's death. among the claims inside this report that gray was fatally injured in the police van and not earlier during his arrest. law enforcement sources tell cnn affiliate wjla that the medical examiner determined that gray died from a broken neck sustained when his head slammed into the back of the van. the injury on gray's head reportedly matches a bolt in the back of the van. this is stuff the prosecutor's office here will still have to go through and it does not answer one of the key questions if it is all accurate which is how did gray's head slam into the back of the van in the first place. it is worth noting the driver of the police van has yet to give a
statement. the medical examiner's report could be delivered as soon as today, but that could slide into next week. there is another new detail coming out. the van carrying freddie gray made an additional stop. one more stop than they had known and one more stop the police told them about. listen. >> the second stop has been revealed to us during the course of our investigation and was previously unknown to us. we discovered this new stop based on thorough and comprehensive and ongoing review of all cctv cameras and privately owned cameras. in fact, this new stop was discovered from a privately owned camera. >> why it had to be discovered from a private camera and not the police themselves and not from radio traffic, that is unknown as this moment. also what happened during this newly discovered stop is also
currently under investigation. so as the investigation continues and the new facts come in we can tell you it was a third straight night where things were in control on the streets of baltimore. apart from the few moments when the curfew went into effect when the protester tried to advance the line of police officers and was swallowed up and arrested. >> okay. >> for more on this scene here in baltimore this morning, i want to bring in cnn's rene marsh. >> good morning, john. it has been really calm. last night and the day before which is good news. within the crowd last night, was that calming voice who we have seen out here at these protests day after day. that is maryland congress member elijah cummings. we saw him arm in arm with protesters. he was leading the protesters as
the curfew approach eded edapproached. he wanted everyone to disburse at curfew time. for the most part most people did go home at that point. the key is that he wants people to understand the process because many were expecting perhaps a play-by-play from police but that most likely will not be the case. listen to what he had to say about the process. >> we must allow the process to go forward. all i can assure them and others is we will stick with this case until the end. the fact is we have a state's attorney whom we are impressed with and proud of. we trust her. we believe in her. i know i want her to get the facts right. she will apply the law and come
to her own conclusions. that's her job. that's her job. i believe in her. >> and that state attorney is a 35-year-old prosecutor. we know her name is marilyn moseby. the nation and the world is watching her as she goes through this process. she really is in a probably stressful position here. because the community wants something, which is justice it. she has to do her job which is following the law. we know that baltimore police department handed over the investigation. that's being reviewed now. the medical examiner's office will be reviewed once they receive it. they will make their determination based on the information they have. do they have enough to charge these officers with anything criminally criminally? >> she made it clear she has the investigative report. she will look beyond that and take information from many sources. it is interesting to see elijah
cummings there. people are working to keep the calm. so many people are working to make that happen. we expect more protests today. more demonstrations. demonstrations have been peaceful. a big march planned for sunday. of course the curfew will remain in place for the coming days. >> four alone today here in baltimore. we will see that on saturday. you mentioned sunday. clergy supposed to get together and be a massive showing of religious leaders making sure that the message is sent but sent in a peaceful way. >> we have seen the people marching through the streets in the past few days. it has been peaceful. rene, i appreciate it. protests planned here for the weekend and expected in seattle and portland and oakland today. last night in philadelphia police and protesters did clash
when the group of protesters tried to block the entrance to i-95. you see video showing the officers pushing the demonstrators back. many chanted hands up. our poppy harlow was right in the middle of it all. >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. we are in philadelphia where there has been a huge march. it began with a protest at 4:30 this afternoon and congregated at city hall in downtown philadelphia. it turned into a march on the streets of philadelphia that lasted three hours. largely the protest has been peaceful. i want to emphasize that. the chief of police inspector here telling me that these are people that need to have their voices heard. they deserve to protest and exercise their first amendment right as long as they do so lawfully. he expected it to be a loud and large and lawful protest. it has in large part been that. i will say there was a confrontation with police right
at the entrance to i-95 where police lined up on their horses and bicycles. protesters were not allowed to go on the highway. there was a clash with police and protesters there for about 20 minutes. it opened up and the protesters were allowed to continue walking on the streets. what i'm hearing from people here from people of really all ages white citizens black citizens of philadelphia saying they want answers in the case of freddie gray. for them it is larger than that. it is also about economic disparity and lack of opportunity for african-american youth. especially in this country. clearly one young african-american attorney telling me she wants to see change within the system. more opportunities and more room for economic growth for many people that she peoplefeels are not
getting a fair shot. they are protesting to have their voices heard on the streets of philadelphia. they are aligning with the city of baltimore. the group in that organized it is philadelphia is baltimore. back to you. >> thanks poppy in philadelphia. back here in baltimore, as rene marsh was eluding to before what is happening is the pent up pressure to get answers on the investigation of freddie gray. those answers are not going to be quick in coming. the presidentt police handed over the report yesterday and it is in the hands of the state attorney's office. that will continue christine. people here on the streets of baltimore say they want to wait for the answers and they want the investigation to take its course. that patience is not infinite at this point. they really need some answers fairly soon. >> people want more information and clarity about just what happened to freddie gray and where the process will go from here. i'll tell you, john as much as the issue, that fuels the
feeling and protest. they are not getting enough. they are not getting clarity. in new york in particular the mayor de blasio was stern with protesters. he said you will listen to police. you must obey the police. this is non negotiable. he was arrested two years ago. >> and down here christine, i cannot say this enough everyone is working so hard to keep the situation here calm. you have protest leaders working hard for calm. you have the clergy and collected officials like elijah cummings and law enforcement trying to keep things under control and keep an applicablemamicable
relationship. >> thanks john. i want to tell you what is happening with the cvs employees in baltimore. they are still getting paid after the stores were burned down. two locations sustained such heavy damage during the riots, they remain closed. cvs is paying the 45 workers for the regularly scheduled hours. no word on how long they will keep paying them but the company says they could transfer all of the workers to nearby stores. some have started working at other locations. both closed stores were among the few options residents had for medications and groceries. bernie sanders officially running for president and getting support where you may not expect it. plus how jeb bush is courting latino voters. that's next.
. he knows he cannot raise as much money as hillary clinton, but bernie sanders is in the 2016 race to win it. sanders, the leading liberal voice in congress announced his campaign thursday saying it is time to get serious. >> i believe that in a democracy what elections are about are serious debates over serious issues. not political gossip. not making campaigns into soap operas. this is not the red sox and yankees. this is the debate over major issues facing the american people. >> right now, sanders hillary
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president obama has no plans to visit baltimore, at least for now. we are told he is monitoring the unrest closely, but wants the police to remain focused on the protesters and not on him and the logistics of sending a president there. we get more from cnn's michelle kosinski. >> reporter: we heard the president speak pretty bluntly on racial issues in america this week. there have been calls as there have been in past incidents for the president to go to baltimore. the white house says for him to arrive at a time like this would
draw too many resources away from communities that need them. the white house says he would like to go to baltimore. possibly when things calm down. we talked to his seen or adviser valerie jarrett. she says every day this week she spoken to the governor of maryland and the mayor the baltimore at least once a day. also she says the president is briefed at least once a day on the situation. she said he is paying close attention to the news coverage there and those pictures. all of those iconic or disturbing pictures that we see and go viral, the president, she said absolutely is also paying attention to. we asked her about one particularly distressing piece of video. the president's personal reaction to it the shooting of walter scott in north charleston south carolina earlier this month. >> it is devastating.
i don't know he has ever seen someone gunned down running away. it has a deeply personal impact on everyone who sees that video. how can we ensure that our police are members of society. they are living in the community. they are part of the community. we want to strengthen that bond and do everything we can to highlight the best practices. >> reporter: some analysts have questioned what will president obama's legacy on race in america be. they feel like that has yet to be determined in many cases. we heard the president almost call out the press as well as the american public a few times this week. saying people only tend to pay attention when there is something big and explosive going on. again, some of the strongest things we see the president say and do on race. the task force on 21st century policing and some statements he made have been in reaction to big events. the white house insists the
president has beenwrkork working on this issue over the years. he went to baltimore just two years ago. what will continue is the work on the task force to look at trust between communities and police departments and try to improve the way policing goes on. of course there is a department of justice investigation into this baltimore incident. back to you. >> thanks michelle kosinski. 55 minutes past the hour. stocks tumbled at the end of april. what should you expect? sell in may and go away or sell in may or stay? that next.
welcome back. happy friday. 1st day of may. i'm christine romans. u.s. stock futures are higher. a good start to may after a rough end to april. the s&p and nasdaq fell 1%. stocks across the board were hit. apple and google and starbucks. all down 2%. renewed fears the american economy may be slowing down. top democrats pushing a higher minimum wage on capitol hill. a new bill would increase the federal minimum wage to $12 by 2020. the federal minimum wage has not been raised since 2009. many states and cities and companies have taken the issue and raised wages. some need it to retain their best workers.
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